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7 Steps to Crush Time Management Working from Home

“I think I’d go crazy from all the distractions.” That’s what my close friend told me when he found out I decided to work from home (WFH) for myself full-time.
He just couldn’t understand how I could focus on work, stay productive, and get work done in a house full of kids and other distractions.
Truth is: He was right. Time management working from home is definitely tough sometimes.
But so is getting out of debt, starting your own business, or being disciplined with your money. It’s all part of living a Rich Life.
7 Steps to Improve Your Time Management Working From Home
1. Inventory your tasks
Before you can begin to manage your time, you have to first know exactly what you need to accomplish most days.
Just like when you’re setting a budget for the first time, you have to start with your fixed costs. In the case of time management, that means your non-negotiable tasks. Start by making a list of tasks that simply have to get done each day (along with the time they take to accomplish).
These could include:
Shower and get ready (0h40m)
Drive kids to school (0h25m)
Exercise (0h45m)
Zoom Meeting with Boss (1h00m)
Eat lunch (0h30m)
2. Add non-negotiable tasks to your calendar
At this point, add any non-negotiable tasks to your calendar starting with the least flexible. For example, if you have a meeting with your boss, that’s non-negotiable. 
Exercising, on the other hand, can be done at whatever time fits your schedule.
Taking kids to school: non-negotiable. Finishing a project at work: time-flexible.
3. Add remaining critical tasks to your calendar
Finally, you should add any remaining tasks to your calendar that simply have to get done one way or another. These tasks may be flexible in terms of when they get done, but they are still not an option — you have to complete them.
After adding all tasks, you should have a fairly full calendar, depending on your work and life situation.
If you’ve got a large family, you may have more obligations to fill up your day. If you work part-time, you may have fewer work obligations. And so forth.
4. Remove distracting notifications
Now that you’ve got your schedule set up (keep in mind, you may need to repeat the first three steps on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis), it’s time to make sure you stick to your schedule. 
For that, we’re going to harness the power of technology and reduce distractions from that same tech.
Turn on calendar notifications
First, you’ll want to make sure you use a calendaring app on your phone that also lets you see your calendar on your desktop.
Then, make sure your calendar notifications are turned on. You want to see when it’s time to focus on a particular work task, pick up your daughter from karate, or hop on a Zoom call with your boss. These notifications help you get work done.
Turn off basically everything else
To seriously focus, turn off all the other notifications you get by default on your phone or computer — family chat groups, social media notifications, game notifications, and maybe even email notifications — this will help you focus on work.
(Ironic side note: My family group chat notification went off like twelve times while writing this short section. Fixing that now.)
5. Dedicate certain spaces to certain tasks
While not everyone has the luxury of a dedicated home office, you should still create division between your workspaces, play spaces, family spaces, hobby spaces, etc.
If you’ve literally only got one place to do all of it, then use other cues to get your mind in the right place.
For example, maybe you listen to classical music only when you’re working. Or maybe you use a laptop for official work, but a tablet or phone for leisure internet time.
6. Get everyone on-board with your schedule
One of the most difficult aspects of a WFH schedule is keeping the people in your life from distracting you from what needs to get done.
This will require over-communication on your part. Explain to your kids, partner, friends, or roommates when you plan to work, what your visual or environmental cues are (“If I’m listening to music, I need to get some work done”) and what you’ll need from them to be successful.
You may also need to ask for help and support from your coworkers, teammates, and boss to ensure when you’re “at work” you’re all-in, but when you’re not “at work” you’re in a ‘life meeting.’
7. Automate as much as possible
Naturally, all of this advice sounds good, but if you’re spending an extra hour or two every week just to manage your time, then what really is the point of “being more productive”?
Sure, you might be managing your time better on paper, but at the end of each day or week, or month, you don’t actually have any more time (or peace-of-mind) than you did before.
That means it might be worth hiring someone to manage your calendar for you. Or, at a minimum, you should automate your calendar to repeat the critical tasks mentioned earlier in this article. Set it once and forget it. Then just obey what your calendar tells you to do each day.
Mischief managed.
Honoring what you’ve put on your own calendar is about self-respect. If you decided to put something on your own calendar, have enough respect for yourself to stick to the plan when the time comes.
If you find yourself constantly not completing tasks you set on your own calendar, revisit steps 1 and 2 of this list and ask yourself: “Is what I’m putting on my calendar what I actually want or need to be doing?”
The truth is: if you don’t automate and manage your own calendar, the world will fill it up for you and you’ll never get to the important tasks you care most about.
At the End of the Day…
it’s whatever works best for you. Scheduling life around your work can be a real challenge, but once you figure it out it can be incredibly rewarding.
Be patient with yourself. Be forgiving of your partner, kids, or roommates — they’re learning just like you are.
And above all else, remember: Work is not the most important thing in your life. Your passions, hobbies, and personal connections shouldn’t suffer just because you’re working from home.
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Elon Musk Shows off the Mega-Tunnel He Built in Las Vegas and Promises Themed Opening Party

The Boring Company, founded by Elon Musk, was in charge of the Vegas Loop project, a large underground tunnel that will streamline tourist transport in the city.
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This Sunday, Elon Musk visited the Vegas Loop mega tunnel , built by his drilling company The Boring Company . With this underground tunnel , the tycoon seeks to revolutionize tourist transport , as it will take people from one end of the city to the other using Tesla vehicles .
The Vegas Loop consists of two twin one-mile (1.6-kilometer) tunnels, which form a loop. It connects the Convention Center with the Las Vegas Strip , creating an alternative, high-speed subway system. Passengers will be transported in autonomous Tesla cars and it will operate alongside public buses, taxis and the monorail. It is estimated that its cost would be between 35 and 55 million dollars.
The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX showed off the work with a photo on his Twitter account . Musk shows up in the waiting area with three of his older children, one of the rare times he shows them on social media.

Under Vegas in @boringcompany tunnel yesterday with my boys
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 24, 2021

The image also shows three Tesla Model 3 vehicles, in which residents and tourists they will travel under the city.
Last December, The Boring Company shared images of what the futuristic passenger entrance and exit stations will look like.

Tunnel Rave
– The Boring Company (@boringcompany) December 4, 2020

The 49-year-old billionaire said that whenever possible he will debut the mega tunnel with a themed party .
“‘Fallout’ themed housewarming party for Vegas Loop as soon as allowed!” Musk wrote on his personal Twitter , referring to a post-apocalyptic roll video game he’s a fan of. In fact, Tesla included a variant of the game, called ‘ Fallout Shelter’ , in the software update of their cars.
It is projected that with future expansions, the tunnels will reach McCarran International Airport, Allegiant Stadium, downtown Las Vegas and eventually the city of Los Angeles.

How To Show Up As A Leader In 2021

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We are finally in a new year, thank goodness, and a lot of business owners are still trying to find their footing. Leading your team has never been more important than in this past year and it has been challenging.
I was able to chat with Cindy Constable, strategist, international consultant, and speaker to discuss what being a leader looks like in the new year. Her goal is to elevate company culture and bring integration between leadership, vision, culture, and team members. Cindy has four key areas that leaders need to focus on to effectively lead their teams this year.

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Leaders are required to consistently show up. Those who you lead look to you to take action that will move the company forward. If you are unable to make decisions that will benefit your team, department, or company, you will be unable to succeed in a leadership position. 

“Decisions will sometimes need to be made quickly, so you must practice your ability to make choices that require quick, on the spot decision-making skills,” says Constable. “Other decisions are based on a long-term plan and require collaboration, strategy and more thought to be successful.
“Leaders sometimes believe that to be a good decision maker they must do it independently, but often, making decisions will involve communicating with other stakeholders in the company from various levels.” 


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Being able to communicate through the decision-making process and come to a conclusion that suits everyone involved is one of the signs of a real business leader.
“As the leader in business, you have to know what’s going on in your company and your field. You’re not required to be an expert on every topic within your business, but you should have a general understanding of most issues related to your niche,” reminds Constable. 
“In certain situations you won’t be able to provide the necessary resources or information, so it’s important to know where to quickly access information that’s required to move your company forward.” 
If you lack a strong knowledge base, people will see your deficiencies and recognize that you don’t know much about the area in which you call yourself a leader. 

Endurance is the ability to keep going. As a leader in business, you must keep going because all eyes are on you. If you’re unable to maintain endurance as the leader, others will see that it’s okay for them to stop when things get hard. 
“It’s an excellent teachable moment for your team to let them sometimes know when you are feeling tired or stressed and what you do internally to keep yourself going so you don’t quit,” explains Constable. “They will see you as more relatable and hopefully learn from you instead of believing you’re a corporate robot who never has a bad day. 
“Also, when you lead others, they will turn to you as a shoulder to lean on when times get tough for them. Having to motivate them to keep going and keep yourself going can be taxing, that’s why having enough endurance to support yourself and those around you is crucial. 
“Building a supportive company culture is a great way to lift the burden off everyone’s shoulder and improve endurance all around.” 
“When you hear the word imagination, you might envision crayons, glitter, painting and imaginary friends, but imagination is an authentic and crucial quality of a leader in business,” notes Constable. “Having imagination is the ability to develop an idea based on something that isn’t currently true and believe you have what it takes to make it come to life. Any leader without the ability to imagine a better future for the organization in which it leads will always be holding back the company. 
“When Oprah Winfrey started her career as a radio personality in Nashville, TN, she imagined that her career would grow beyond her then position. Now Oprah’s net worth is in the billions.
“Many successful people have had to imagine their success before they experienced it or imagine their business improvements, upgrades, significant changes and partnerships before they became real. You must do the same,” suggests Constable.
When you are a strong leader in business, those who you lead will recognize it and respect it. While many successful entrepreneurs traits vary from the four detailed above, be sure you have these established as a bare minimum set of qualities for you to concentrate on building a robust business. 

Financial Tricks for Running a Digital Agency

January 25, 2021 5 min read
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At Blue Label Labels, we refer to ourselves as a digital product agency as our services extend far beyond on-demand app development. Our team of over 60 people is dispersed around the world which boasts both advantages and disadvantages across every aspect of the business. 
Taking advantage of everything the Internet has to offer makes running a business easier but it’s also a bit like nuclear technology. You can use it to provide clean power, but a slip up can result in catastrophic damages.
Imploding as a business starts with relatively innocuous actions that eventually spin out of control when left unchecked. There wasn’t a great guide book on how to succeed with this model when we started. Fortunately we figured most of this out for ourselves. Here’s how to bypass many of the roadblocks by, well, not having to commute on a road, period.
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Why our digital company works well as a remote model
The main goal of a successful agency is to save money by circumventing unnecessary expenses.
Being in Manhattan, the cost to relocate everyone on our payroll to one (or more) office spaces would create a massive dent in our current revenue of around $5 million a year. While a physical workspace does help facilitate better professional relationships, the supposed average for New York office space is around $83 a square foot, and the de facto standard space for an employee is said to be an 8 x 10 square foot area (or 80 square feet, though this figure varies substantially). Based on this sadly conservative model we could be spending $6640 a head, every month, for our staffers.
To me the overall cool factor of a work environment is heavily dependent on the price. My staff agrees that it’s better to get together at someone’s house once a quarter, and catch up in person, than to fork over hard-earned loot just to sit in a slick-looking office after battling the daily commute.
Other expenses of a digital product agency
Regardless of whether you operate from a physical location or furnish software that allows your teams to work remotely, other expenses need to be factored into your finances.
We aim to operate at about 50% gross profit margin. From this we factor in our salaries, healthcare and other costs which consume 30% after it’s all said and done. We don’t use a formal, static working space but we do take advantage of WeWork for our employees. This, and other tools, impact our bottom line.
Comparatively, this is a small component of much more significant expenses such as employee salaries and healthcare expenses. Even though these costs are far higher than basically everywhere else in the world, it’s still worth it as these people are not only human beings, but everyone works better when they’re physically and mentally well.
We also do have to pay for software our employees use to communicate, build software and keep projects on track. These costs are relatively minor in the grand scheme of things. You may be fronting a few hundred dollars per employee for software, yet it’s way cheaper when stacked against the costs of office space.
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Snagging the best clients
The idea is to not only transition leads into clients but keep them onboard for as long as possible. It’s not always feasible as some projects are clearly a one-time thing which is sometimes, but not always, obvious from the get-go.
Of course, this isn’t always the case. We’re more than willing to get the right people up to speed with a Design Sprint then hand the reigns over to a competent team but we’re a bit biased and feel we can best support a system or app over the long run.
For short-lived relationships, it’s really not our responsibility to ensure things go smoothly after fulfilling the terms of a forerunner-esque arrangement. We prefer to maintain a relationship and cultivate both the business model as well as ongoing software development. It doesn’t always pan out this way so we try our best to provide an internal, or external, team with all the information they need to succeed.
Like any agency, we prefer to have higher-paying, long-term clients. For example: One client generating $200K for upfront development then $50K a year to maintain is usually preferable compared to one client that pays $250K. Naturally such ideals don’t always come to fruition as we understand both the complexities and effort involved in this line of work. While our preferences might seem overly idealistic, understand that any software development company is looking to keep you around for as long as possible.
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Final thoughts
Sure it’s great to be around the people you enjoy every day, but it’s also rewarding to be able to wear your pajamas for the better half of the day and get work done on your own time. You don’t need some slick, overpriced workplace environment to be a great company. You just need to deliver a solid product.

3 Tips on Starting a Successful Wine Brand

How savvy entrepreneurs can bring veritas to the vino industry.

January 25, 2021 4 min read
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Always harbored a desire to enter the wine industry, but concerned you need special training and a grape-squishing background to be a success?Brice Baillie, recently named a 2020 leader by “Wine Business Monthly”, has achieved international recognition as the CEO and founder of the Obvious Wines Brand.Soon after his arrival in America from France, Baillie found the display of California wines on store shelves perplexing. Though the bottles had labels revealing the appellation of the vineyard, that information did little to explain how the wine would taste and he realized the potential of launching a new brand with a label that would clearly communicate the flavors and mouthfeel to consumers.This set Brice off on a quest to create, package, and market the bottles he would aptly name Obvious Wines.
Wine packaging secrets
The “back labels” of most stateside wines hold information about the producer and vintage. Baillie took this a step further by including information about where he sources the grapes, potential food pairing suggestions, facts about the acidity, body and tannin levels of the wine.
When asked about the factors that contributed to his success, Brice utters a single word: “Passion.”   “When I first started Obvious Wines, I didn’t know about viticulture or winemaking, yet I had a solid marketing foundation and knew how I would distinguish my brand from other wine brands on the shelves,” offered Baillie. “Ultimately I created the tagline: “Because you shouldn’t need a PhD to Drink Wine.”
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The next step on Brice’s journey was to pick up the phone: “Soon I found the best vineyards to source the grapes and winemakers to make the wine. Then I spent a lot of time calling importers and learning about the licenses I needed and gaining insight about the three-tier wine distribution system. A friend of mine designed the first wine label. Then I got some of the best restaurants in California to carry it by just making a personal appointment with the wine director or sommelier.”Though Baillie freely admits to being an industry novice when he first began, he has an MBA and did a four-year stint at Price Waterhouse in Paris before moving to New York. In the USA he further sharpened his marketing savvy with a corporate position at the cosmetics giant L’Oréal.Related: Where Award Winning Wines are Made
Brice’s top three suggestions for wine entrepreneurs
Another factor in Baillie’s success was an appearance on the small business/big pitch-themed show “Shark Tank” . When asked how he landed that coveted opportunity, Brice says the producers found it interesting that a “French guy was fighting against wine snobbism.”1) Ask for help”When I conceived my idea, I didn’t know a single person in the business. That first cold call led to referrals and I quickly developed several contacts in the industry.”2) Fill a need “My first visit to a wine shop helped me discover a gap in the market that was not being served. I realized that, like me, many Americans wanted more information and transparency on a wine bottle.”
3) Visit the providers  “Developing a personal connection was crucial in getting key restaurants and stores to stock my wine.”  
Baillie’s success as a brand big shot underscores that passion, vision, and filling a need in the marketplace can overcome almost any other obstacle.Related: The 3 Precautions to Take When Shipping Wine

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